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Webinar – Disability, Policing, and Mass Incarceration

Date: September 14, 2023
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Disabled people make up a disproportionately high rate of the prison population, and it is estimated that 50% of people killed by police have a disability. As we witness a continuing increase in mass incarceration of and police violence against disabled people, especially those who hold multiple marginalized identities, we must urgently take action to shift these deeply harmful trends. We must dismantle the systemic racism and ableism that criminalizes disabled people. 

Join Judy Belk, President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, for an open, honest dialogue with disability advocates on policing and mass incarceration through the lenses of disability rights and disability justice.

CART will be provided. If you require another accommodation to fully participate in the webinar, please note it in your registration, or contact us at or 407-917-6864. This free webinar is presented by the Disability & Philanthropy Forum.

About the Panelists

Moderator: Judy Belk, CEO of the California Wellness Foundation and member of the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy

Judy Belk is president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), one of California’s largest public health philanthropic institutions. With nearly $1 billion in assets, Cal Wellness awards approximately $43 million annually in grants and program-related investments that promote health equity, justice and advocacy for communities and individuals whose lives and wellness are too often determined by their race, income, immigration status or where they live. Belk leads the foundation in pursuing its mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California, with a core belief that access to quality health care is a human right.